Section 5 Planning & Special Studies
Policy 5-1 POLICY ON CLOSING PUBLIC WAYS OR EASEMENTS
DISTRIBUTION: Mayor and City Council
SUBJECT: Policy on Closing Public Ways or Easements
PURPOSE: To prescribe policy for closing of public ways or easements.
BACKGROUND: Occasionally, the City receives requests for closure of a
public way or
easement. A written policy is needed to identify conditions which must be met for such closure.
PROCEDURES: 1. Public ways and easements
are considered to be held in trust by the
City government for the present and/or future use of the people of the City of Lawton. Except
when a major development or redevelopment plan previously adopted by the LMAPC and
approved by the City Council requires closing of a public way or easement, it shall be the policy
of the City Council not to approve such closings.
2. Consideration shall be given to further exceptions when:
(a) 1. By reason of previous closing and/or terrain obstacles,
the public way or easement
for which a closing is requested is interrupted at both ends of the requested closing, and
2. The public way or easement for which closing is requested is not used by the
probably will not be so used in the future, and
3. The property on both sides of requested closing is under single ownership
and the property
on one side is so small or of such an irregular shape that it cannot be effectively used with the
public way or easement open between the two parcels, or
(b) Specific cogent reasons are clearly identified which demonstrate that the
is in the public interest.
3. When closings are approved it shall be the policy to preserve existing utility
4. This Council Policy memorandum shall remain in effect until a new Council
Council Policy 5-
REFERENCES: Article 42, Title 11 O.S. 1991
Article 3, Chapter 18, Lawton
City Code, 1985
RESCISSION: This policy became effective February 11, 1975. This
version updates the
format and assigns a new number to Council Policy No. 7.
DEPARTMENT: Planning and Special Studies.
JOHN T. MARLEY
November 17, 1995